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Taylor Swift teases ‘timetable’ for The Tortured Poets Department album in new video

Taylor Swift has released her 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, and fans are busy unpacking everything from lyrics to her “Fortnight” music video.

The pop titan’s latest record, announced earlier this year when she won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album (Midnights), was released overnight on Friday 19 April and has already broken two Spotify records.

In a five-star review of the album, The Independent’s critic Helen Brown praised the “playful narratives” and “hooks like anchors”.

Fans have been surprised that many songs on the album seem to take aim at Swift’s ex Matty Healy, whom she briefly dated last year, instead of Joe Alwyn, her boyfriend of six years, whom she was reported to have parted ways with around April 2023.

Patti Smith has responded after she was namechecked on the title track, writing: “This is saying I was moved to be mentioned in the company of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thank you Taylor.”

Follow live updates for reactions, reviews and revelations from the album so far.

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Taylor Swift ‘thanks’ Kim Kardashian on Tortured Poets song

The pop star released her 11th studio albumat midnight ET on Friday 19 April. Only a few hours later, she announced a surprise “2am version” that extended the record to a further 15 songs.

The first sign that the album’s 24th track from her new album might be a reference to Kardashian is the capitalisation of the letters K, I and M to spell out her first name.

There are other clues. It appears that Swift could be making a reference to Kardashian’s 10-year-old daughter North West dancing to her 2014 single “Shake It Off” on TikTok. “Shake It Off” is about ignoring “haters”.

She also mentions “Aimee” stomping over her grave, possibly nodding to the one she crawls out of in her music video for “Look What You Made Me Do”, from her 2017 album Reputation. This was widely interpreted as a “revenge album” after Swift was “cancelled” in 2016, after her feud with Kardashian errupted.

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Patti Smith responds to mention on ‘The Tortured Poets Club’

Patti Smith has reacted after she was namechecked on the title track of ‘The Tortured Poets Society’, where Swift sings: “But you’re not Dylan Thomas/ I’m not Patti Smith/ This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel/ We’re modern idiots.”

“This is saying I was moved to be mentioned in the company of the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Thank you Taylor,” Smith wrote on her Instagram.

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Taylor Swift promotes ‘Phantom Clear TTPD vinyl’

Following the release of her highly anticipated studio album, Taylor Swift promoted the sale of the Phantom Clear version of the vinyl.

“Entering the Phantom Clear TTPD vinyl into evidence,” she tweeted alongside a black-and-white clip of her flipping through a book. “Available exclusively at @Target now.”

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WATCH: Taylor Swift teases ‘timetable’ for The Tortured Poets Department album in new video

Taylor Swift teases ‘timetable’ for The Tortured Poets Department album in new video

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Shop Taylor Swift The Tortured Poets Department merch

Whether you’re hosting a listening party for the new album or have tickets to the upcoming UK leg of her tour, here’s where to shop The Tortured Poets Department’s exclusive new merchandise. Swifties, assemble.

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From jumpers to jewellery, celebrate the album’s launch with the singer’s merch

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Fans unpack Swift’s lyrics on ‘But Daddy I Love Him’

Fans have quickly reached the concensus that Swift’s new song “But Daddy I Love Him” is a fierce rebuke to critics of her fleeting romance with Matty Healy.

She sings: “I’d rather burn my whole life down/ Than listen to one more second of all this bitchin’ and moanin’/ I’ll tell you something ‘bout my good name/ It’s mine along with all the disgrace/ I don’t cater to all these vipers dressed in empath’s clothing.”

Then on the bridge: “God save the most judgmental creeps/ Who say they want what’s best for me/ Sanctimoniously performing soliloquies I’ll never see/ Thinking it can change the beat of my heart when he touches me/ And counteract the chemistry/ And undo the destiny/ You ain’t gotta pray for me/ Me and my wild boy/ And all of this wild joy/ If all you want is gray for me/ It’s just white noise/ It’s just my choice.”

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Taylor Swift, The Tortured Poets Department review: Irresistible, country-hued tales of relationships past and present

With its playful narratives and hooks like anchors, Swift’s 11th studio album is a terrific reminder of her storytelling powers, Helen Brown writes:

With its playful narratives and hooks like anchors, Swift’s 11th studio album is a terrific reminder of her storytelling powers

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